White-rumped Munia

Scientific Name: Lonchura striata
Malay Name: Ciak-Padi Tuli
Chinese Name: 白腰文鸟

Found from Indian subcontinent, China, mainland Southeast Asia to Sumatra

Polytypic. Subspecies are: acuticauda, striata, fumigata, semistriata, subsquamicollis, swinhoei

Local Subspecies: subsquamicollis

Size: 11-11.5 cm

IdentificationAdult is similar to Javan Munia but has darkish brown plumage with fine pale shaft-lines at mantle and diagnostic whitish rump and belly. Juvenile resembles adult but dark parts paler/browner and rump/belly buffy-tinged.

Similar looking species: Javan Munia

Habitat: Grasslands, marshes, tall reeds/grasses (especially near water bodies).

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious and feeds mainly on seeds and also algae.

Local Status: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

LocationKranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Chinese Garden, Pulau Ubin, Tuas, Sungei Buloh, and Pulau Tekong.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2